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“Mississippi R.: White House Plots Next Step In Battle Over Yazoo Pumps”

“A controversial flood control and drainage project in Mississippi that EPA vetoed more than a decade ago is aggravating old tensions among environmental groups, lawmakers and agricultural groups in the Magnolia State as the Trump administration plans its next move.

Today marks the last day the Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comment on its proposal to revive the World War II-era Yazoo Pumps project, which EPA in a rare move killed in 2008 under the George W. Bush administration.

The Trump administration maintains the project is very much alive despite that veto.

The Army Corps says the project is needed to address historic flooding on the Mississippi River that claimed two lives last year and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. The agency also maintains the pumping project has been “extensively reformulated” over the past six decades to balance reducing floods with environmental protection.”

Hannah Northey reports for E&E News June 15, 2020.